Dr. Hina Altaf Dermatologist

Hair Loss

Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common condition that can affect both men and women. It can cause psychological distress often leading to issues in personal and social life. 

The hair on our scalp is continually being shed and replaced in a cyclic manner. Normal hair loss is approximately 100 hairs per day; the average scalp contains about 100,000 hairs.

Thinning of hair can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic, age, nutritional deficiency, hormonal changes, certain medical conditions like thyroid, and some medications. The good news is that in many cases, hair loss is only temporary and completely reversible. However, some cases can be chronic and progressive. Regrowth is possible with the right care and early treatment. This is why it’s important to see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options sooner rather than later. 

Types of hair loss include:

  1. Androgenetic alopecia: This is the most common type of hair loss and is caused by an underlying genetic predisposition coupled with hormonal factors. It affects both men and women. In men it leads to a receding hairline and thinning of hair on the crown area progressing to baldness in some; and in women leads to widening of the part and thinning over the frontal scalp. 
  2. Alopecia areata: This is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss in patches on the scalp and other parts of the body.
  3. Telogen effluvium: This is a temporary hair loss condition characterised by excessive shedding of hair that occurs after a major physical or emotional stressor, such as surgery, childbirth or severe febrile illness.
  4. Traction alopecia: This is hair loss caused by tight hairstyles that pull on the hair, such as braids or cornrows.
  5. Trichotillomania: This is a condition in which a person compulsively pulls out their own hair.
  6. Anagen effluvium: This is hair loss that occurs during the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle and is often associated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
  7. Scarring alopecia: This is hair loss that results from scarring of the scalp from certain skin diseases. 
  8. Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain nutrients such as iron or vitamin D can cause hair loss.

Treatment

Treatment for hair loss depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, hair loss may be temporary and will resolve on its own. In other cases, treatment may be necessary to stop or slow down the progression of hair loss and promote hair regrowth.

Treatment options may include:

  1. Medications: There are several medications available that can help to slow down or stop hair loss, and in some cases, promote hair regrowth.
  2. Platelet rich plasma(PRP): This involves injecting platelet rich plasma into areas with thinning hair. 
  3. Low-level laser therapy: This involves using a special type of light to stimulate hair growth.
  4. Hair transplant surgery: This involves transplanting healthy hair follicles from one part of the scalp to the balding area. 

 

In some cases, camouflage techniques like scalp micropigmentation, which involves tattooing tiny dots on the scalp to create the appearance of a shaved head or fuller hair or wigs can be used. 

It is important to see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment of hair loss. A dermatologist can help determine the underlying cause of hair loss and develop an individualized treatment plan.

Minimal Downtime

You can return to your daily routine immediately after

Immediate Results

Results within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days

Painless Procedure

Brief period of discomfort during the injection, similar to a pinch

Results That Last

Effects typically last for several months

Hair loss can be caused by various factors, including genetics (such as male or female pattern baldness), hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy or menopause), medical conditions (such as alopecia areata or thyroid disorders), certain medications, physical or emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, and styling or hair treatments that cause damage to the hair follicles.
The reversibility of hair loss depends on the underlying cause. Some types of hair loss, such as telogen effluvium (temporary shedding due to stress or other factors) or hair loss caused by certain medications, may resolve on their own once the underlying trigger is addressed or the medication is discontinued. However, certain types of hair loss, such as male or female pattern baldness, are usually permanent. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional or dermatologist to determine the cause of your hair loss and the appropriate treatment options.
There are various treatment options available for hair loss, depending on the cause and type of hair loss. These may include medications like minoxidil (Rogaine) or finasteride (Propecia) for androgenetic alopecia, corticosteroid injections for alopecia areata, and hair transplant procedures for permanent hair loss. Additionally, lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a balanced diet, reducing stress, and avoiding harsh styling or chemical treatments, can help promote hair health. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
Nutritional deficiencies, particularly deficiencies in iron, zinc, biotin, and certain vitamins (such as vitamin D or vitamin B12), can contribute to hair loss. Ensuring a balanced diet that includes essential nutrients is important for healthy hair growth. In some cases, supplementation may be recommended under the guidance of a healthcare professional. However, it's important to note that nutritional deficiencies are not the sole cause of hair loss, and addressing other underlying factors may be necessary for effective treatment.
Stress can contribute to hair loss, particularly a condition called telogen effluvium, where a significant amount of hair enters a resting phase and eventually falls out. This can occur due to physical or emotional stress, such as illness, surgery, trauma, or major life events. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and seeking support can help reduce the impact on hair loss. However, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the exact cause of your hair loss and explore appropriate treatment options.
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